Workshops 2016 – Here come the details!

workshopWe’re delighted to be bringing you five unique workshops this Summer / Autumn. We’ve got something for everyone, and on top of that we’ve got the option to book 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 workshops to suit your own needs – the more you book the more you save.


Best of all, if you’re a teacher / student teacher attending all five workshops not only do you get the best price, but you will also earn a new qualification: the Level 1 Certificate in Applied Vocal Pedagogy.

IFAll workshops will take place in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside in an easy-to-access venue close to Junction 6 of the M5. Alternatively it’s a 10-minute taxi ride from either of Worcester’s two train stations. The days will run from 11am to 5pm, and all are suitable for both singers and singing teachers.



So here are the dates and details:

July 20th 2016: Let’s Get Physical! (For singers & teachers)

With College Principal Ria Keen and Consultant Physiotherapist Sue Cooke

Bodywork is seen as increasingly important when it comes to singing. This mega-fun, practical workshop will cover:

  • the anatomy and physiology of the voice (ever wanted to build your own working model larynx?),
  • brilliant hacks for getting improved tone, more power, greater range and better stamina from the voice by making simple adjustments to the body,
  • tips on how to ‘trick’ your students (or yourself!) into better singing with the use of simple props,
  • and a chance to check your posture and learn to gauge other people’s ,with our expert physio Sue. 


August 17th 2016: Fixing the Mix, and other Register Riddles (for singers & teachers)

With Ria Keen & other Voice College teamsters

Vocal registers probably cause more problems and raise more questions than any other issue among singers and singing teachers, and more often than not the problems begin with ‘the mix’ or middle voice. This much-requested workshop will address as many of your questions as can be fitted into one short day! Everything you ever wanted to know about registers, in the company of someone who knows this subject back to front, but promises not to teach it that way! Loads of practical work is involved so don’t worry about being bombarded with a ton of theory with no chance to practise – you’ll be singing and exploring the voice from the get-go.


September 21st: Wipe out the Worry & Wise Up that Warm Up! (for singers & teachers)

With Ria Keen and Gido Schimanski

All singers and all teachers (especially new ones!) worry. A lot. We worry that we’re not good enough. We worry that we’re ‘getting it wrong’. We worry that we’re not doing enough. Or that we’re doing too much. We actually talk ourselves out of being good at the very thing that brings us so much joy.

One of the things that people get anxious about is warming up. It sounds like it should be so simple, doesn’t it? And well… isn’t it? Well yes. And no. People get warm ups wrong for all kinds of reasons. We’ll show you what really works, what really doesn’t, and how to structure your sessions to maximise the benefits. You see, there’s a way to use exercises in a clever way, to develop the voice at the same time as warming it up. We also want to show you how to use one of the most effective but little-known vocal warm up & development exercises of all time.

Additionally, and importantly, we’ll be looking at how to deal with that negative self-talk that we’re all so good at. Internationally-renowned Transformation Coach Gido Schimanski will be showing you how to stop slamming the door in your own face, shooting yourself in the foot, talking yourself out of winning, and other bad habits that, let’s face it, we all fall prey to! He’s not only one of the loveliest people you could wish to meet, but he’s also smiley, handsome, extremely knowledgeable and the leading expert in his field, as well as being a West End veteran dancer, singer and actor. (Oh, and he was also in The Night Manager recently. Yes, really). Don’t miss it!


October 19th: Super-Charge Your Teaching! (for teachers, student teachers & would-be teachers)

With Senior Voice College tutor Christine Evans, and education / music consultant Marie McNally

Many new teachers, teachers who are currently studying to become qualified, and people who wonder if teaching might be for them get into a bit of a tizz about what constitutes good practice. They panic about whether they’re doing their students justice. And really often they’re concerned that they don’t know enough and can’t possibly be good enough to teach other people. And heaven forfend that someone asks them a question that they don’t know the answer to! The roof might fall in or someone might repossess their hamster, after all…

Teachers are afraid of a lot of stuff. A lot. Most creative people have a deep-seated belief that someone else could do a much better job. For example, many teachers are terrified of starting a choir, or preparing students for LCM (or similar) exams, or teaching groups, or teaching people with different voices to theirs, or… the list is pretty much endless.

This workshop is for all of you ‘new’ teachers (that’s really anyone who’s been qualified less than five years), current teaching students, the ‘maybe one day’ teachers, and people who currently teach but are not formally qualified, to help you with the best tips and tricks to get your teaching really rocking! Learn how to make your life easier with Senior Tutor Christine Evans. Once upon a time, she was you – she knows exactly how you feel and would love to help you gain confidence and learn some new chops.

The day will also feature a session with the spectacularly awesome Marie McNally, who is a leader on the national CME programme, a PhD student studying music education, and a professional singer and sax player. Also a really good egg and lots of fun to be around! She’ll be delivering a fab session which she describes as “being creative with things like arranging, performing, examining and directing among other things. Stuff that folk get scared of. We’ll discuss the amazing power of the brain then workshop ideas for getting work, developing projects, managing your business, managing parents, dealing with exams, and creating partnerships.” Marie’s an expert in her field, don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of the UK’s top music educators!


November 23rd: A chorus of approval! (for singing teachers & choir leaders)

With Chris Passey and Ria Keen

By hugely popular demand, a workshop for people who lead, or would like to lead a contemporary choir. Led by choirmaster and vocal coach extraordinaire Chris Passey (who recently supplied the choir for Josh Groban’s UK tour) and aided and abetted by Ria, this promises to be a hugely fun and really informative day!

You don’t have to be a Voice College student or graduate in order to attend – everyone is welcome. If you’re even thinking about starting a choir, this will be a perfect glimpse into the what, how and why of delivering a great experience for your singers. At The Voice College we believe that all singing teachers should think about running a choir if they can – the benefits to the singers, the teacher and the community are incalculable.

We know for sure that singing is good for the individual – it lowers blood pressure and increases the feelgood factor – but singing with other people multiplies the dividends exponentially. Come and learn all the tips and tricks of being a truly effective choir leader so that you can change people’s lives and get more singing out there into the world!


workshop 3Costs

We’ve tried hard to bring you all of the options to make your experience great whether you attend one workshop, a few, or all of them. The more you book, the bigger the discount per day.




Level 1 Certificate in Applied Vocal Pedagogy (all 5 workshops):  £310

4 workshops of your choice: £268

3 workshops of your choice: £219

2 workshops of your choice: £160

1 workshop of your choice: £85

Gido Schimanski session only: £47

Marie McNally session only: £47

We will contact you with all the location details and send an invoice once we have received your form.

The venue is spacious, light and airy, has two breakout rooms, a kitchen, and free parking. In order to keep costs down we’re recommending you bring a packed lunch (you are free to use the well-equipped kitchen) and we will provide still and sparkling water, tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit that you will be welcome to tuck into all day! Or if you prefer, there is a 2-for-1 pub very nearby serving lunches to suit all tastes (including gluten-free options).

We are all looking forward to seeing you there!

One thought on “Workshops 2016 – Here come the details!

  1. Hi there ,

    I’d be interested in the Fixing the Mix course .

    Where is the form to apply please ?



    Sent from my iPhone


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